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Message From The Editor

A look at tomorrow's opportunities through the filter of an intelligent human being

Carolina Gallo summarizes well a study in which she recently participated with EFC and CABA, and which we share with you in this issue, on opportunities offered by transitioning to smart cities. I would add that at the heart of any technological upheaval, people should remain the master of how decisions are made in the face of these changes, and ensure that the intelligence of new technologies and new cities will aim to improve the daily lives of people who live there, work there, and are productive there. Looking to the future should be the goal of better connecting individuals with each other, and many industry leaders have shown over the past few months that they have this interest at heart. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene


The Benefits of Studying Business History

By Rick McCarten
Electrofed "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." This quote from George Santayana usually refers to countries and nations, but now that corporations have been around for over 100 years, they too have acquired a wealth of business history. Those of us working for corporations, as Santayana said, are bound to repeat the past if we do not study and learn from it. Read More


Making Sense of the Rapidly Changing IoT Lighting Market

By David Gordon
Channel Marketing Group The earliest smart lighting was little more than sophisticated on/off and dimming controls. Since then, if a facility upgrades its lighting to LED, adding sophisticated controls after the installation generates only marginal incremental energy savings and can pose technical challenges based on quality of installation and user knowledge. After all, once LEDs save 70% versus the lamps they replaced, what's the ROI on investing in controls? But lighting control benefits are more than energy savings. Read More


Adapting to Change: The Evolution of Technology and Its Impact on the Workplace

By Jean-François Bourqui
Southwire The evolution of technology has all companies thinking about what they need to do to adapt and stay ahead of the curve. Those who choose not to adapt will be left behind by forward thinking companies, who are embracing change and reshaping their organizations, in order to deliver the best in class customer experience. Nowadays, companies are looking at technological investments as the answer to internal obstacles they face by automating and streamlining processes, rather than looking at increasing employee headcount. The solution is often the implementation of upgraded software, programs or systems. Read More

Smart Cities

Elon Is Wrong: Transporting Cities to the Future Is Smart When It Connects People

By Carolina Gallo
ABB Canada Elon Musk's recent dis of city transit demonstrated a certain disconnect with the social design imperatives for sustainable city infrastructure. Cities of the future that are collectively healthy and happy are the foundations of smart economies, and last November, two Canadian experts, Bill Bryan (Electro-Federation Canada) and Roberta Gamble (Frost and Sullivan) published a white paper: The Road to Smart Cities: Consideration for a templated approach. Their white paper, produced under the auspices of CABA and with support from an industry and public sector working group, discusses the critical role of smart buildings for smart cities. Read More


Free Trade Agreements and the Evolution of Wholesale Sales in Canada

Statistique Canada As 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we take a look back at an aspect of the history of wholesale sales in Canada. Canada has a long trading history, which started before Confederation. Because wholesalers play an important role in the import and export of goods, free trade agreements have had a notable influence on the evolution of the wholesale sector. Read More


While 2016 Wholesale Revenue Declines YOY, Profits Increase

Statistique Canada The operating revenue of Canadian wholesalers declined 1.4% in 2016 compared with 2015, dropping further below the $1.0 trillion mark reached in 2014. The overall drop was partly caused by a price-induced decline in the petroleum products subsector, as all other subsectors saw increases in revenues. Excluding petroleum, operating revenues rose 3.1% compared with 2015. Read More


Value of Permits Declined 7.7% in November, but Year to Date Exceeded 2016 Total

Statistique Canada The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 7.7% to $7.7 billion in November 2017, the first decrease in three months. Nationally, the value of permits for all building components declined, with the exception of single-family dwellings. However, As of November, Canadian municipalities had issued over $100 million more in building permits in 2017 compared to the 2016 total, led by higher construction intentions for universities, hospitals and manufacturing plants. Read More

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